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A heartbeat is regulated by a series of electrical impulses distributed among the four chambers in the heart. Palpitations, dizziness, weakness and fainting spells may all be signs of an irregular heart rhythm, otherwise known as an arrhythmia. Arrhythmias interfere with the heart’s electrical impulses and create issues with its pumping action, potentially resulting in cardiac arrest.
These irregular heart rhythms are studied and diagnosed by our exceptional team of electrophysiologists. Eletrophysiology (EP) concerns the study of the heart’s electrical activity. During an EP study, areas within the heart are located that may be causing serious or damaging arrhythmias. Based on the findings from your EP study, our doctors can evaluate the severity of your condition, monitor the benefits of certain medications and more effectively diagnose and administer the most appropriate treatment plan for you.
Our EP team conducts a series of procedures to treat arrhythmias.
- Cardiac Ablation – certain arrhythmias can be eliminated during this non-surgical procedure in which damaged tissue is destroyed using an electrode-tipped catheter.
- Pacemakers- A pacemaker is generally implanted underneath the patient’s collarbone and transmits electronic signals that regulate the heartbeat. From diagnosis to implantation, Watson Clinic strives to remain on the forefront of pacemaker research and services. The team at our Pacemaker Clinic conduct approximately 6000 pacemaker follow-ups per year.
- When heartbeat irregularities are more severe and could signify a risk for sudden cardiac death, Implantable Cardioverter Defribrillators (ICDs) may be administered. ICDs are powerful transmitters that are placed near the heart and deliver life-saving jolts when arrhythmias reach deadly proportions.
- Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy builds upon pacemaker and ICD technology to synchronize the contractions of the lower two chambers of the heart for patients suffering from congestive heart failure